There were no surprises in the $200,000 San Francisco Mile on Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields. Whisper Not won the $200,000 event with a productive performance in Berkeley. That’s a marquee event for Golden Gate Fields on the weekend before the Kentucky Derby. The stakes are much lower on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, but hopefully some winning horses nonetheless. With less than a week to go until the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, check out our early prediction for the Run for the Roses.
Futures wagering is available, so you don’t have to wait for the pari mutuel odds at the racebook. Note that the $25.00 free wager noted below is for the racebook, so you can use that for Golden Gate Fields on Sunday afternoon, or even save it for next weekend. Losses are eligible for a cash back bonus at BetOnline as well. Golden Gate Fields is running 11 races on Sunday for a total of $342,000 in prize money. Not a bad pool of cash for a Sunday afternoon at Golden Gate. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields picks for April 25, 2021.
Post Time: 1:46 p.m. PST
We will open the day at Golden Gate Fields with a mile for a $13,000 purse on the grass. Wicks and Chappies and Amiko Chow are horses to circle in this event. Wicks and Chappies is a newcomer to Golden Gate after running at Santa Anita Park six times and once at Los Alamitos.
Before transferring to Golden Gate, Wicks and Chappies finished in the top-3 in six straight performances, including top-2 in three events. Prior to going to Golden Gate, she showed 3rd in a $22,000 event. That wasn’t terrible by her standards. However, she dropped to 4th on April 10 in her debut at Golden Gate.
Wicks and Chappies failed to keep up in that $14,000 race, which was incredibly discouraging for a horse that was running adequately enough at Santa Anita. Amiko Chow on the inside rail should provide her with a big challenge. She has gone winless six attempts in her career, and has finished 4th, 2nd, 6th in her previous three outings.
Amiko Chow placed 2nd behind Let’s Go Now by ¾ lengths in a $35,000 purse. That was a nice effort, but Amiko Chow could only do 6th in her next assignment on March 26. That was for another $35,000 prize, though, so Sunday is going to be much easier. She looked good in a April 8 workout with a time of 48.80 seconds in tune-up work for today. All signs point to an Amiko Chow win.
Post Time: 2:18 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
In the next race at Golden Gate Fields, we have 5 ½ furlongs of racing for a $14,000 purse. Bradley’s Cowboy and Indianera should be expected to run a close race at the wire. Bradley’s Cowboy is a one-time starter with a 5th place finish on April 10 in his debut.
The young colt finished 5th for a $30,000 purse and didn’t have much to show in that one. He didn’t show much of a rally in the stretch and was never a factor, hence the class drop to a $14,000 purse for easier pastures on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Bradley’s Cowboy should have a better chance here.
Indianera is winless in three races, but has been showing steps forward. She has finished 4th, 5th, 2nd in three attempts, placing 2nd in a $30,000 event behind The Little H Man by 1 ¾ lengths on February 27. That was nice improvement in form after Indianera was 5th on February 6 in a $30,000 race. Against this field and a drop to a $14,000 event, expect more from Indianera on Sunday.
Post Time: 3:55 p.m. PST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
A $41,000 event covering 1 1/16 miles on the turf is our final selection at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday afternoon. Push Through, Pour On the Cole, and Shot of a Lifetime are on my shortlist to win this event. Push Through could be worth a look as a value play. He is 2 for 27 in his career, and has finished 3rd, 5th, 3rd in his previous three outings.
Push Through showed 3rd in his most recent event for a $18,000 purse. That doesn’t look like too much, but Push Through has been operating well in morning workouts and should be close if that effort follows through. Despite the jump to a $41,000 race, the competition isn’t too strong. Expect Push Through to surprise and run with a purpose in the final stretch.
Shot of a Lifetime is 12 for 41 in his career and in nice form at the moment. He has finished 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st in his previous four outings, which covers all of 2021. Shot of a Lifetime is coming off a win on April 8 over Manila Mischief by 1 ¼ lengths for a $17,000 purse. He’s a winner in three of his four assignments this year. This is a higher class, but no one in this field has experience for this much prize money. Shot of a Lifetime has a loss against Pour On the Cole recently on March 27.
Pour on the Cole beat Shot of a Lifetime by a head for 2nd in a $15,000 event. Pour on the Cole was the favorite in that race, but fell by 1 ½ lengths against Diamond Blitz. He has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd in his previous four contests, and has consistently ran near the front. Overall, Pour on the Cole is 3 for 14 in his career. The No. 5 gelding is worth a look given the value.